Soccer team gets second league win

-- Yosemite High correspondentJanuary 23, 2013 

The Yosemite High boys soccer team (7-7-4, 2-0-2) picked-up their second North Sequoia League win by defeating a strong Liberty team 3-2 on Jan. 17.

Yosemite's Chris Grant scored the first and only goal in the first half of the game.

In the second half, the Badgers increased their lead on goals by Alex Mello and Chandler Haas. Mello was assisted by Oliver Curley and Haas got the assist from Tyler McIntrye.

Liberty came back and scored two goals in the last 10 minutes of the game -- both on penalty kicks.

"This was a good win against Liberty," coach Rick Lemberg said. "We had one player missing because he was sick and we had three players who played with sick stomachs. The boys played through it and came out with a nice win."

On Jan. 16, Yosemite defeated Minarets High 3-0.

All three Badger goals were scored in the first half. Zack Voltmer scored the first goal on an assist from Alex Statkus. Mello scored the second goal, again on an assist from Statkus. Haas scored the team's third goal on an assist from Victor Salazar.

The team played Washington Union (2-2 in league) at home Tuesday. The score was not available at press time.

Girls team drops two

The Sierra Chieftains soccer team scored its first goal within the first five minutes of the game and went on to defeat the Lady Badgers (3-10-3, 1-1-2) 7-0 on its home field Jan. 16.

By half time Sierra put four more in the back of the net, giving them a 5-0 halt time lead over Yosemite.

Although the Badgers played better in the second half, Sierra managed to score two more times for the 7-0 win.

"This was a tough loss for us and made for a long ride home," coach Natalie Cooks said. "Sierra was big, fast, skilled and played great together as a team. We just couldn't seem to keep up with them."

Things didn't get a whole lot better for Yosemite, losing to Liberty at home last Friday 4-0.

Yosemite was scored on within minutes of the opening whistle.

"Liberty attacked quickly and wasted no time getting the ball up the field and into the net," Cooks said.

The Hawks scored another three goals in first half, but Yosemite managed to keep them scoreless in the second half.

"Our defenders, including senior Ciara Debock, freshman Allie Donnell, junior Regan Samora and sophomore Christen Cogdell, along with senior goal keeper Katrina Borough, played a great second half shutting down Liberty," Cooks said. "We've become a second half team -- it takes us a while to get up to game speed. We've got to come out hard and maintain the intensity throughout the entire 80 minutes."

Yosemite's JV team got their first league win of the season beating Liberty 1-0 last Friday. On Jan. 16 the team played to a 0-0 tie with Sierra -- the teams third 0-0 tie in league play this season.

The team played Washington Union at home yesterday and travels to Chowchilla Friday.

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